Bears Won't Open Quarterback Competition, At Least Not Yet

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Will Bears fans now suffer through a week of hearing about how Glennon was an terrible signing?

Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation.

In his first game since being named a first-team All-Pro at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Chris Harris Jr. picked up where he left off. They were penalized seven times for 46 yards in the first half alone, miscues that consistently stunted drives. But that was all assuming Glennon plays like a viable stopgap alternative.

While reading into one preseason game is, of course, risky and foolish, a thought here: Some key players on that side of the ball have noted that they're playing faster with a better knowledge of Fangio's system. It will also be worth tracking Cameron Meredith's connection with starting quarterback Mike Glennon. Only 18.5 million of his 45 million dollar contract is guaranteed, meaning the Bears could cut him in a couple of years with little repercussions.

The problem was, the strong play didn't carry over to the bottom of the depth chart.

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10).

Mike Glennon started the game for Chicago, but Trubisky was under center for every one of the home team's scoring drives.

Trubisky led the Bears 53 yards downfield in the final two minutes, but he was unable to connect with wide receiver Deonte Thompson in the end zone after rolling to his left.

Trubisky's evening was breathtaking, but he's had an up-and-down training camp in which he hasn't been able to string good days together.

So much for fresh starts.

The drive reached the Bears' 20, but on third-and-7, Siemian was lucky to get rid of the ball in the face of a fierce pass rush and McManus booted a 38-yard field goal.

There are few things in the National Football League that are more misleading than first preseason games.

The Bears have been searching for a franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman in the 1940s.

That's why coach John Fox is believable when he says the Bears aren't going to reorganize the depth chart based on one exhibition game (in which, let's remember, Glennon got four series against an excellent Broncos defense, while Trubisky played with - and against - second- and third-stringers). For me, it's just good to get back out playing. Should Trubisky play well, Sanchez will likely assume a leadership role (similar to his role in Dallas) with Trubisky being given backup duties. They'd love if he took every meaningful snap this season and gave Trubisky time to develop. But the Bears made a lot of routine mistakes - bad reads by Glennon, late delivery, penalties, batted-down passes, drops, bad snaps (more on that in a moment).